2006 Volvo S40 Review

July 8, 2023
David Sunnyside

When you think of Volvo, cute might not be the word that comes to mind, but the S40 is a small car with big ambitions. The Swedish automaker's smallest sedan was redesigned in 2004 to become a serious competitor in the compact segment, with sharper handling than you might expect from a vehicle bearing the Volvo name and cutting-edge style inside and out. Its design owes little to its predecessor, but rather to the more mature second generation it replaced. It carries forward some of the premium image, efficient use of interior space and solid fuel economy that the brand is famous for, while also providing plenty of standard safety features and amenities.

A normally aspirated 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine powers the base S40, while a turbocharged version is available in the sporty T5 model. Both models offer crisp, entertaining driving, but if you're looking for something with a bit more zip to it, you should head straight for the T5.

The S40 is well-built and owners report few problems. Replacement parts are relatively inexpensive, and most mechanical components are covered by a lengthy factory warranty. Compared to similarly priced competitors, the Volvo has superior cabin materials and equipment and a more upscale feel overall. A redesigned, roomier trunk makes this one of the few small cars with adequate cargo capacity, and a large rear seat offers reasonable legroom for adults. Standard equipment highlights include a six-speaker premium sound system, an auxiliary input and a telescoping steering wheel with audio controls. The optional R-Design package bolsters performance and styling cues.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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